Shepard Broad College of Law

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Nova Southeastern University
Shepard Broad College of Law
School typePrivate
Parent endowmentUS $47.6 million
DeanJon Garon[1]
LocationDavie, Florida, U.S.
Faculty48 full time, 5 ASP instructors, 67 adjunct[2]
USNWR rankingTier 4 (#146-192)
Bar pass rate50% (February 2019)[3]
93.3% (Class of 2016 ultimate bar passage rate) [4]

Shepard Broad College of Law (also referred to as NSU Law and Nova Law) is the law school of Nova Southeastern University, housed in the Leo Goodwin, Sr. Hall, located on the school's main campus in Davie, Florida in the United States. The school offers full-time day and part-time evening programs.


Founded in 1974, the school is named after lawyer and philanthropist Shepard Broad, in recognition of his counsel, community leadership, and financial support. The law building is named after Leo Goodwin Sr., also an entrepreneur and philanthropist who was committed to the advancement of education and research. The school received approval by the American Bar Association in 1975.[5]

Admissions & Employment Statistics[edit]

According to NSU's 2018 ABA-required disclosures, 75.3% of the Class of 2018 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[6] The school's median LSAT score is 150, while the median GPA is 3.11. 2017-2018 J.D. Attrition for 1Ls is 13.5%, JD Transfers In is 10%.[7]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Nova for the 2017–2018 academic year is $61,747.[7]


NSU Law offers the J.D. degree in the traditional three-year program, or in a four-year, part-time evening program for working professional students. International Dual-Degree programs are also available with Roma Tre University for Italy, Charles University in Prague for Czech Republic, and University of Barcelona for Spain. The program enables students to earn degrees in both common law and civil law, and lead to licensure in multiple jurisdictions.

First Year Curriculum[edit]

The mandatory first year curriculum consists of the following ABA-required courses:

Extracurricular activities[edit]

  • Nova Law Review, the law school's flagship publication
  • International Law Student's Association Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Moot Court Society, the law school's moot court program
  • Jessup Moot Court Team, the law school's international law moot court team
  • Nova Trial Association, the law school's mock trial competition program


Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, which houses the College of Law, has two courtrooms which are used by students in the school's trial advocacy and moot court programs as well as by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and state appellate court judges.

Panza Maurer Law Library[edit]

The law library's collection is housed on three floors in a 43,000 square foot facility.[8] The first floor houses the library's state collection and various Florida journals and periodicals, as well as the microfiche room. The second floor contains the Circulation and Reference desks where visitors can find Study Guides, current periodicals and Reserved materials. The rest of the floor holds the Tax, Federal, Treaties, and General Collections, and librarian and administrative offices. The third floor has the library's Burris Collection, admiralty materials, offices of the Nova Law Review, the IT department, and is home to the library's Federal and United Nations selective Depository.[8] The third floor is also home to the library's Technical Services department and the International Programs department. The Panza Maurer Law Library became a selective U.S. Federal depository in 1982 and collects approximately 15% of the publications that are available through the program, offering online access to the resources as well. The Library has also been a U.N. depository of English language materials since 1997, offering access to both print and electronic resources.


  1. ^ "Nova Southeastern University Names Jon Garon, J.D., as Dean of the Shepard Broad Law Center – NSU Newsroom".
  2. ^ "Faculty and Staff – Shepard Broad College of Law". Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. April 30, 2019. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
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  5. ^ "Approval by Year". American Bar Association.
  6. ^ "Standard 509 Disclosure".
  7. ^ a b "Standard 509 Disclosure". Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  8. ^ a b Nova Southeastern University. "Law Library & Technology Center". Retrieved 12 September 2013.

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